We’re going on a mural hunt!
Take the family on a mural hunt through historic downtown Lacombe. Fresh fall days are a great time to explore all the murals that decorate the downtown’s alleyways. You’ll be having so much fun that you might not even notice you’re also learning all about what life was like a hundred years ago.
The town’s beginnings
The first set of 20 murals shows what life was like in the town between 1890 and 1910. Begin your journey behind the street mall on 52 St – across from the Memorial Centre – and follow the laneway east to the Royal Bank on 50 St.
You’ll see the town’s original train station and old steam trains, a memorable fire, famous residents, historic homesteads, inside the pool hall and lots of horses. A big mural of Nanton Street on 50 St shows the town’s original commercial buildings – compare it to how the street looks now and you’ll find many buildings still look the same.
Lacombe in the 1930s
Across the street, in the laneway behind the Bank of Montreal, you’ll begin your journey through Lacombe in the Thirties. These panoramic murals cover 12,000 square feet of wall space and show main street businesses, diesel trains at the station and lots of cool old vintage cars.
Everyday during the summer and by appointment the rest of the year, you can take a guided walking tour of the murals. By going with a guide, you’ll hear the interesting facts and fascinating stories behind the murals – and also get a tour around Lacombe’s six designated provincial historic buildings and concentration of preserved Edwardian architecture.
You can also pick up a self-guided walking tour of the murals at any of the town’s three museums: the historic Flatiron Museum, the Michener House Museum and the Blacksmith Shop Museum, or you can find the online versions at the Historical Society website.
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